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Theatre Talk: From San Diego to Escondido

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to The Village News

Tickets are on sale now for “The Bodyguard” at The Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido. Opening weekend is around the corner on April 15. Weekend performances only. Book early or you might miss it. For tickets, call 760-749-3182 or visit

Broadway San Diego is bringing “1776” back in full woke-mode right off the boards of Broadway. The show features a transgender, multi-racial cast reimagining historical events. If that isn’t enough, it is followed into town by “Six” for a week in June. In another diversified cast, Henry VIII’s six wives sing out in retribution. Downtown at 3651 Fourth Ave. Call 619-564-3000 or visit https:/ for tickets.

There is a lot going on at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Check out their monthly calendar for ballet, art, theatre, and classes, or call 760-839-4149.

Nearby in Carlsbad is New Village Arts at 2787 State St., “The Roommate” closes April 23. A.J. Knox will direct “Singing in the Rain” previewing May 12 and opening on May 20, running until July 2. Line up family and friends for this one. For tickets and more information, call 760-433-3245 or visit

Further down the road at North Coast Repertory in Solana Beach, after “The Cherry Orchard” closes, Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Links” runs April 19 to May 14. Irreverent. Unapologetic. Two nights only. Monday April 24 and Tuesday April 25 at 7:30 p.m. is “Lenny Bruce, I am not a Comedian,” R-rated with nudity. For tickets, call 858-481-1055 or visit

Balboa Park is the home to The Old Globe Theater. This season, Shakespeare returns on June 4 with “Twelfth Night” until July 9. The stage is reset from July 30 to Sept. 3 with “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Other shows can be found on their website. To purchase prepaid parking call the box office: 619-234-5623 or visit

Any excuse to go to Old Town is worthwhile and why not enjoy a show at The Cygnet Theatre while you’re there? Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” runs until the 29th. Leave enough time to find parking. Call 619-337-1525 or visit

Diversionary Theatre LGBTQIA+ at 4545 Park Blvd in San Diego is opening its 37th season with “Head Over Heels” May 25 – June 18. Street parking can be hard to find. For more information, call 619-220-0097 or visit

San Diego Musical Theatre 4650 Mercury St. will open with “Xanadu” on May 5 until June 4. There is lots of free parking. Call 858-560-5740 or visit for ticket information.

Lambs’ Playhouse at 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado continues with its wildly successful, all-girl cast, R*E*S*P*E*C*T until May 7. It’s the best of the 1960’s music. Call (619) 437-6000 or visit

La Jolla Playhouse has added another dimension to its season. Check out their website for details, or call 858-550-1010.

Scripps Ranch Theatre is running “Neat” from March 24 to April 16, 9783 Avenue of Nations. Call 858-395-0593 for more information.

Elizabeth can be reached at [email protected].


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